“We are honored to help shine a national PBS spotlight on these KC treasures, Joyce DiDonato, The Kansas City Symphony and the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. This effort is part of our strategy to leverage KCPT’s position in the PBS network to help showcase the many world-class assets Kansas City has to offer,“ said President and CEO of KCPT Kliff Kuehl.
Kansas City Symphony Executive Director Frank Byrne added “We are thrilled and honored that the Kansas City Symphony will be featured in the acclaimed PBS Arts Festival, and even more pleased that our concert features our good friend and Kansas City native Joyce DiDonato. Music Director Michael Stern and I, along with all our talented musicians, look forward to sharing with the world the excellence of our orchestra and our superb new Helzberg Hall.”
Homecoming: The Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato
PBS ArtsArchitect Moshe Safdie’s extraordinary new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts provides the stunning backdrop for a performance-documentary profiling the Grammy Award-winning musicians of the Kansas City Symphony, their vibrant artistic director and conductor Michael Stern, and the radiant, internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. A concert wrapped by documentary narratives, this Arts Festival special tracks Ms. DiDonato’s nostalgic return to her hometown, and her thrilling Kauffman Center debut, after a triumphant appearance with Placido Domingo at The Metropolitan Opera in New York. Together, Joyce DiDonato, Maestro Stern and the Kansas City Symphony create a musical program as grand and ambitious as the Kauffman Center itself. Produced by Kansas City Public Television (KCPT) in association with veteran PBS music producers James Arntz & John Paulson.